Author Guidelines

Article types:

 All the submitted manuscripts shall undergo the peer-review process. Types of articles accepted for submission and their requirements, including word limits, are enlisted below:

Article type

Abstract limit

Keywords limit

Tables/Figures limit

References limit

Original Article (up to 3000


Up to 250 words

Up to 5 keywords

Up to 5 tables/figures (in


Up to 50

Review Article

(up to 4000 words)

Up to 300 words

Up to 5 keywords

Up to 5

tables/figures (in total)

Up to 90

Case Report (up to 1500


Up to 250 words

Up to 3 keywords

Up to 2 tables/figures (in


Up to 10



Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Letter to editor

(up to 350 words)

Not applicable

Not applicable

Up to 1

tables/figures (in total)

Up to 5

Clinical image

(up to 350 words)

Not applicable

Not applicable

One clinical image

Up to 5

Commentary (up to 1000


Not applicable

Not applicable

Up to 1 tables/figures (in


Up to 10

Original articles may include randomized controlled trials, observational studies, surveys and audits.

Review articles may discuss the topics of recent interest in the field of critical care medicine. Editorials are solicited. Usually written by the editor or members of editorial board. Invited submissions should follow approval from editorial team.

Case reports would contain a series of cases or a single case, that would additionally contribute to the current understanding of disease management.

Letter to editor would address the published article in this journal or comment on recent scientific advances of general interest.

Clinical images should contain original high-quality image of patient or investigation findings (radiographic images, histopathological slides) that would be of relevance/interest in critical care medicine.

Commentaries are focused articles that are commissioned by journal. It either highlights recently published article related to critical care medicine in JNSCCM or other journals or covers an aspect of critical care relevant to the scope of the journal.

General instructions

  • Manuscript must be submitted as a soft Submission of hard copy is not accepted.
  • Manuscript must be submitted in MS Word
  • The manuscript, including the title page, abstract, keywords, text, references, tables and figure captions should be written with 12 point font size, double spaced and with 1 inch margin in all sides.
  • Figure should be saved as separate file in JPEG format and should not be embedded in the manuscript
  • Abbreviations need to be minimized and need to be mentioned in full, the first time it is mentioned in the
  • Manuscript should be written in American
  • All manuscripts will undergo blinded double-peer


Authorship credit must comply with the criteria recommended by International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). All enlisted authors must meet following four criteria:

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  • Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and

Copyright statement

The submitted manuscript must be the original work of the authors and should not have been published previously, nor should it be under consideration for publication elsewhere. It should be mentioned in the author declaration form.

If the authors wish to reproduce text, tables or figures from previously published source, the authors need to obtain written permission from the copyright holder (usually the journal which had published the work)

All the submitted manuscript will undergo plagiarism screening. Materials with high plagiarism will be entitled to rejection/revision.

Conflicts of interest

Any relevant conflicts of interest related to the manuscript/scientific work need to be disclosed by the authors during submission.

Statement of ethics

This journal follows the ethical standards described by Committee on Publication Ethics and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. While using the images that would disclose the identity of the patient, written informed consent from patient/next of kin must be obtained and submitted together with the manuscript.

IRC) or Institutional Review Board (IRB) need to be obtained and submitted with the manuscript. All clinical trials need to be registered in a public trial registry.

Reporting guidelines

The journal recommends following guidelines for different article types:

Type of study


Randomized controlled trials


Studies of diagnostic accuracy


Systematic reviews and meta-analysis


Observational studies in epidemiology


Case report

CARE checklist


Submission checklist

Following materials must be submitted:

Cover page:

  • Should contain the title of the manuscript, a short running title, total words count of abstract, total word count of manuscript, information of any disclaimers or funding bodies and the corresponding author’s full names, qualifications, affiliations, departments, email and addresses of institute affiliated (street, city, country).

Authorship page:

  • Should contain in sequence, the information about primary author, corresponding author, and other authors, with authors’ full names, highest academic qualifications, affiliations, departments, email and addresses of institute affiliated (street, city, country). Also mention, authorship contribution of each author and their signatures.

Declaration page:

  • Need to declare any conflicts of interest, permission obtained (if any previously published materials are reproduced), etc and need to declare that the work is original and is not being submitted nor is under consideration for publication elsewhere. Need to be signed by the corresponding

Ethical approval letter:

  • Need to be submitted for any work involving human or animal subjects and for multicentric, interventional or international


  • Need to be in accordance with the author guidelines of the

Manuscript format

Title page:

  • Title page should contain the title of the article followed by list of authors. The full name, degree, department and affiliation of all the authors need to be The corresponding author’s full name, degree, department, affiliation, email and contact number need to be mentioned.

Abstract and Keywords:

  • Please refer to the section on Article Types for word limits.
  • The abstract should briefly outline the content of the article and any conclusions it may The keywords should include the words a reader would use to search the content of the article.
  • For original articles, abstract should be structured and include the following headings:
    • Background and aims
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Conclusion
  • For other type of articles (where applicable), abstract need not be

Body of article:

  • For original articles, it should contain following sub-headings:
    • Introduction
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Discussion
    • Conclusion
    • References
  • For case reports:
    • Introduction
    • Case Report
    • Discussion


  • To be mentioned at the end of manuscript, just before the References


  • All the references need to be as recent as possible and pertinent to the
  • References must be listed in AMA style, using Index Medicus journal title
  • References must be cited sequentially (NOT alphabetically) in the text using superscript
  • List all the authors, up to and including six For articles with more than six authors, list the first three followed by et al.
  • Reference number in the manuscript should be mentioned as superscript and after

Manuscript submission:

Article processing charge (APC):

  • JNSCCM does not charge

For questions and comments: